For Immediate Release—Monday, June 19, 2006
Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
SUNY Geneseo Professor Daniel R. Strang named Distinguished Service Professor by SUNY Board of Trustees
GENESEO, N.Y.—Professor of Economics Daniel R. Strang of the State University of New York at Geneseo has been named a Distinguished Service Professor by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York.
Strang, of Geneseo, N.Y., came to the college in 1972 after receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University and serving for three years with Cornell's Dairy Management Information System. In that role, he acted as field representative, office administrator, computer programmer and advisor, and he introduced similar programs at Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue universities. In 1975, Strang received his Ph.D. from Cornell. In 1986, he was named a full professor in Geneseo's Jones School of Business, and he served as head of the business school from 1987 to 1990.
The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of 13 Distinguished Service Professors throughout SUNY on May 25, acknowledging and honoring extraordinary faculty achievement with a system-wide distinction and promotion.
"Professor Strang is an extraordinary faculty member. Through his work in so many areas of the College and his service on many committees, he has become part of the fabric of this campus. He is generous, unassuming, and always willing to advance a good idea for the betterment of the community," Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl wrote in his nomination letter. "He is a good colleague to professors in every department and an exemplary teacher whose talents were recognized in 1987, when he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and again in 2000, when he was awarded the Alumni Professorship by the Geneseo Foundation."
Strang serves as co-advisor to the entire first-year class of the Jones School of Business—about 120 students a year—ensuring they are enrolled in the proper courses. But he goes beyond basic advising by providing formal and informal programs that address students' needs and concerns as they arise. He has promoted diversity on campus through his involvement with President's Commission on Diversity and Community. In addition, he created a course on The Economics of Diversity and delivered a ground-breaking campuswide lecture on diversity in 2003. He is the college's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, a member of the Educational Opportunity Program's Academic Standards Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee on International Student Services.
Strang was named a recipient of the Geneseo President's Award for Excellence in Advisement in 1998. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the College's Geneseo Foundation Professor, exploring the economics of diversity.
In addition to SUNY Geneseo, Strang has been a mainstay of the Geneseo Central School District. He has been elected to three three-year terms as a member of its Board of Education, was a member of the Geneseo Central School's Computer Technology Committee and has been active in local and state BOCES enrichment programs. In 1997, he received the BOCES Volunteer of the Year Award.
Strang is a leader in the Association for Business Simulations and Experimental Exercises, serving as a member of the organization's Editorial Review Board for more than 25 years. In 2004, he was named an ABSEL Fellow.
A native of Glens Falls, N.Y., Strang and his wife, Michelle, have two grown children, Kristie and Scott.
The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Recipients have demonstrated substantial distinguished service, not only at the campus and the State University, but also within their local community, and at the regional, state national or international levels. To be considered, the faculty member's service must exceed his or her job description, extend over multiple years and must involve the application of intellectual skills, drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern.
To be eligible for nomination a faculty member must have held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time service on the nominating campus, and have completed at least 10 years of full-time service in SUNY.